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Ersan Ilyasova | Forward

Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: None
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Ersan Ilyasova (groin) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.
He just can't stay healthy with the injuries just piling up. Fantasy owners can cut him in most leagues and he'll likely be on a minutes limit upon his return. Expect Jared Dudley and Khris Middleton to benefit most with Ghostface Ilya out of the lineup. Jan 31 - 6:49 PM

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Ersan Ilyasova (groin) will miss Thursday's game against the Magic.

The Bucks may go into Thursday's game short-handed as Zaza Pachulia (calf) is questionable. Jared Dudley and Johnny O'Bryant are the biggest fantasy beneficiaries of Ilyasova's absence, while John Henson could join them as he's due to start if Pachulia can't suit up.
Jan 29 - 11:46 AM

Ersan Ilyasova will not return to Tuesday's game due to a sore right groin.

Anyone surprised by this news hasn't been paying attention to Ilyasova's injury history, as he's missed an average of 16.0 games over the past four seasons. We're considering him questionable to play vs. the Magic on Thursday but a few DNPs should be anticipated by owners, as groin injuries are notoriously slow to heal. Johnny O'Bryant may return to the starting lineup for any games Ilyasova sits out, though Jared Dudley took his place during the second half on Tuesday.
Jan 27 - 8:53 PM

Ersan Ilyasova played 17 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday with nine points, six rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

He did not play in the fourth quarter because the Bucks were up 24 points to start the period. Ilyasova was probably headed towards 24 minutes tonight, and he also has one block and one 3-pointer in each of his last three games. Any improvement is a good start, so Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues. Although, his owners will need to be patient.
Jan 24 - 11:05 PM

Ersan Ilyasova played just 17 minutes in his return to the starting lineup on Thursday with seven points, one rebound, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer against the Jazz.

It was an awful matchup for him against Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert. Ilyasova was not involved in the halfcourt offense and had a couple of his buckets come in transition. He should be better than this and the upside is there, but he probably has a better chance to disappoint than to be a helpful pickup. To be clear, we don't hate the idea of adding Ghostface Ilya.
Jan 22 - 11:49 PM

Ersan Ilyasova will draw the start on Thursday against the Jazz, replacing Johnny O'Bryant.

The move makes a lot of sense considering that O'Bryant hasn't made an impact at all this season for the Bucks. Ilyasova does have some upside, and an uptick in minutes means he shouldn't be floating around many waiver wires with this news.
Jan 22 - 6:26 PM

Ersan Ilyasova will likely start against the Jazz on Thursday.

Johnny O'Bryant will be bumped to the bench. Ilyasova hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, but he's really the only option at power forward with John Henson and Zaza Pachulia playing center. He played 23 minutes and scored 14 points on Monday, so he's worth a look in standard leagues.
Jan 21 - 2:32 PM

Ersan Ilyasova is feeling great since returning from his latest concussion and is eager to prove his worth to the Bucks.

"It feels great to be back," said Ilyasova. "I feel much better. I’m trying to get back into game rhythm. I want to try to get that back as soon as I can." He had a solid game on Monday against the Raptors, scoring 14 points with seven boards and one block in 23 minutes, and it looks like he could carve out a sizable role for the Bucks considering how shorthanded they are. Ilyasova does cause some headaches to his owners, but he is more than worth a look in most leagues.
Jan 21 - 1:10 PM

Ersan Ilyasova had a nice night off the bench against the Raptors on Monday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds and one block in 23 minutes.

If he can do this every night he'll be on rosters in most formats, and the Larry Sanders situation has opened up a window of opportunity. This outing doesn't make him a must-add player or even a hot add, but he's worth a look depending on your options.
Jan 20 - 2:35 AM

Ersan Ilyasova didn't make any of his six field goal attempts against the Knicks on Thursday with one point, two rebounds and one turnover in 12 minutes.

He has two head injuries in the past month and had his minutes limited. Ilyasova is really the only power forward on the roster besides 37-year-old Kenyon Martin and rookie Johnny O'Bryant, so he should have some opportunity in front of him. If you're OK waiting for him for the next couple weeks, it could pay off. Obviously, most fantasy owners aren't going to run to the wire after this game, so there's no need to be too aggressive in most cases.
Jan 15 - 8:21 PM

Updating a previous report, Jason Kidd indicated in a pregame comment that Ersan Ilyasova will likely play between 10-15 minutes during Thursday's game against the Knicks.

This is interesting considering that Kidd also said Ilyasova won't have a minutes restriction, but Kidd often gives contrary comments to the media. We'll let you know how Ilyasova does after the game, but given the fact that Johnny O'Bryant has been starting at his position, it's very likely Ilyasova will soon return to the starting lineup and he's worth a look as a speculative add in standard leagues.
Jan 15 - 2:21 PM

Bucks head coach said Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) won't have a minutes restriction for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

If you already thought the Bucks rotation was hard to figure out, your head might explode now that Ilyasova is back and apparently without a minutes restriction. We'll have to see how Kidd deploys Ilyasova over the next few games, but he's worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues while his return will cut into the already-borderline fantasy value of Johnny O'Bryant.
Jan 15 - 1:31 PM

Ersan Ilyasova will be available to play on Thursday against the Knicks according to coach Jason Kidd.

"Ers looks good," Kidd said. "We've really been getting him some extra work, so we'll see. He will suit up tomorrow and we'll get him some minutes and see how the game goes." Ilyasova has been out since Dec. 23 so it is understandable if the Bucks opt to bring him along slowly. He has a great chance to earn some minutes with Johnny O'Bryant somehow starting at power forward for the Bucks, so if he is floating around your waiver wire he is worth a look.
Jan 14 - 9:03 AM

Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) is targeting a return for Thursday's game against the Knicks in London.

He is fully expected to travel with the team and it looks like he will finally make his return to action. Johnny O'Bryant has been starting at power forward for the Bucks so Ilyasova should be able to overtake him pretty easily. If he is still floating around the waiver wire, Ilyasova is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Jan 10 - 6:48 PM

Jason Kidd said that Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) is making progress, and he will make the trip to London next week for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

Ilyasova has a decent chance to be the starting power forward for the Bucks upon his eventual return, so now may be the time to go out and get him in deep leagues. He was playing well before he went down, but given the constant disappointment he's been for the past two years, standard league owners can use a wait-and-see approach.
Jan 9 - 7:25 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Brandon Knight
2Kendall Marshall
3Jorge Gutierrez
SG1O.J. Mayo
2Jared Dudley
3Jerryd Bayless
SF1Giannis Antetokounmpo
2Khris Middleton
3Damien Inglis
PF1Ersan Ilyasova
2John Henson
3Kenyon Martin
4Jabari Parker
C1Larry Sanders
2Zaza Pachulia
3Johnny O'Bryant